Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant: A Snowball’s Chance

Created by Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant Ensemble.
Directed by Cynthia Croot.

November 29, 2018 - December 22, 2018

7:00pm, Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun, Gordon Square Theatre. Doors open at 6:30pm for hors d'oeuvres and preshow entertainment. Previews November 29. Opening Night is November 30.

Hailed as "devilish dinner theatre" by the New York Daily News, one of CPT's most popular holiday entertainments is BACK! This hilarious musical performance includes crazy cabaret, comedy, dancing, game show competitions, violence, and a five-course meal. The performers cook and serve the feast, using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients—each course served through musical and choreographed sequences. Conni's Avant Garde Restaurant: A Snowball’s Chance is an eclectic, bizarre, and delightful night at the theatre like no other. You won't want to miss this! World Premiere.

The Gordon Square Theatre is ADA compliant featuring a ramped entrance and an all gender, wheelchair accessible restroom.

Preview: $35
Standard Price (Wednesday, Sunday): $50
Standard Price (Thursday, Friday, Saturday): $75

Tickets include five-course meal and table wine.

**Early Bird Discount!** Order by November 15 for 15% off each ticket. Purchase 10 tickets or more by November 15 and get 20% off your entire purchase! Use the code CONEARLYBIRD when purchasing online.

Our online checkout process is experiencing some system slowness. If you are having trouble purchasing a ticket, please leave a voicemail with our Box Office (216.631.2727 ext. 501) or email Jaclyn Vogel, Director of Patron Services (, and we will get back to you within one business day.

The Creative Production Team Includes:

Raymond Bobgan – Producer
Beth Wood – Line Producer
Connie Hall – Producing Director & Original Creator
Rachel Murdy – Original Creator
Cynthia Croot – Director
David M. Barber – Scenic & Costume Designer
Jennifer Caster – Production Stage Manager*
Ashley Davenport – Chef
Wes Calkin – Lighting Designer
Kasey Gilder – Sound Designer

*Production Stage Manager appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant
(a fictional ensemble originally created by Justin Badger, Jeffrey Fracé, Thomas Gissendanner, Connie Hall, Kelly Hayes, Jerusha Klemperer, Peter Lettre, Rachel Murdy, Deborah Philips, and Peter Richards)


A Snowball’s Chance
(with material contributed by the current ensemble under the direction of Cynthia Croot)
Remarkable Rating:

Early Bird Discount!

Order by November 15 for 15% off each ticket.
Purchase 10 tickets or more by November 15 and get 20% off your entire purchase!
Use the code CONEARLYBIRD when purchasing online.


“Energizing. Hilarious. Filling. Maybe Brilliant… You have never experienced anything like it.
Unless, of course, your mom is a top chef and certifiably insane.”

Rave and Pan


assorted phyllo cups (whipped feta, sweet butternut squash, & mushroom tapenade)

potato leek soup

today’s waldorf salad with mixed greens, apples, grapes, celery root, cranberries, with veganaisse dressing & praline topping

roasted turkey with gravy & cornbread dressing, green bean casserole with toasted almonds & pesto,
& classic cranberry compote
vegetarian option: vegetable & brown rice stuffed cabbage roll braised in blistered tomato stew

chocolate bundt cake with bourbon whipped cream

We Accommodate Special Dietary Requests!

Are you (or a member of your party) vegan, vegetarian, or have dietary restrictions? Please notify the Box Office at least 24 hours in advance, we’ll let the chef know, and make every attempt to accommodate. Email the Box Office at
or call 216-631-2727 x501 and leave a message.

“A deliciously demented feast for the holidays.”

The Plain Dealer

About Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant

This ain’t your Grandma’s dinner theatre.

Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant is not a locale but a group of bold (if fictional) theatrical performers, devoted to the ongoing celebration of the work of the legendary Miss Conni Convergence, the beloved (and again, fictional) icon of stage and screen. Hailed as “devilish dinner theatre” by the New York Daily News, the company has played to (and fed) thousands in New York, Boston, Cleveland, and Nashville. The performers themselves originate, cook, and serve the meal (not fictional), using fresh, locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Each of the five courses is served through musical and choreographed sequences unearthed from the troupe’s under-appreciated original canon, much of which has gone on to be popularized in television situation comedies (albeit substandard), in the world of avant garde theatre and film (rather ubiquitously), and in what has now become classic rock music (to surprisingly interesting results). Throughout the evening we follow an allegorical tale played out by the aging diva of the troupe as she struggles with the career-upending decision to have a child, and is (mis)guided along her path by a doctor of questionable repute; a brusque fireplug of a general manager; and an assemblage of the greatest theatrical minds of our generation.


“Audience Participation” for lack of a better phrase

Miss Conni’s Five-Course “Mothership” production gives you time to eat, relax, and enjoy conversation with your tablemates in between rich courses of intellectual, whimsical, theatrical experiences which we provide for your consumption. You will not be put on the spot. After a cocktail warm-in hosted by our friendly barkeeps, the audience finds general seating at banquet tables of ten each. This is an interactive environment, but the most that will be required of you in the way of participation is that you pass the serving dishes to your fellow audience members.


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